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Population and Food Technology.

Countryside: Thank you for publishing "The Future of Food" in the September/October issue. It is important to remember that, in addition to the pursuit of ever-higher profits, all the "innovations" in food production have come about to fill the need to feed an exploding human population on Earth. In 1804, the number of people reached 1 billion; in 1927, 2 billion; in 1959, 3 billion; in 1974, 4 billion; in 1987, 5 billion; in 1999, 6 billion; in 2012, 7 billion; and we are on target to reach 8 billion in 2026.

If Homo sapiens were actually sapiens, we would limit our numbers so that sustainable agricultural methods could be used that would feed everyone, not damage our ecosystem, and not cause all the problems resulting from massive monocultures requiring huge inputs of artificial fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides.

The most important and effective contribution to the health of this planet that anyone can make is to not have children. See

Jay Winslow

Rosendale, New York

The population control argument is interesting, and sensitive, and personal. Just as we won't be forcing our POV of what you should eat for dinner, we also won't be advocating for this step, either, although it is certainly viable and getting more popular. We also know humans in the future could invent a cure, a code or a science that could allow us to live more comfortably on the same planet. Either way, it's worth looking at more in a future issue, so we will.

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Author:Winslow, Jay
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Nov 1, 2016
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